Aaron answers a question about the various badger hair grades
Bill Scott, from UK, asks:
“I currently use a shaving brush which is suffering from pattern baldness and definitely needs replacing. I had no idea that I would be faced with so much choice. From what I have gleaned so far it would appear silver tipped are the very best as they seem to be the most expensive. Am I correct? Your Taylor range of brushes makes no mention of the type of bristles used. Can you explain therefore what the difference in quality is between cheapest and most expensive? I look forward to hearing from you Bill.”
Thank you for a great question!! Choosing a new shave brush (I love your description of yours suffering from male pattern baldness!) can be daunting if you are not familiar with the various terms and details. One of the most confusing, as you have pointed out is the names and types of grades of hair used in brushes. For badger hair the general labeling is this from base to highest grade: Pure, Best, Finest, Silvertip. Now the caveat being that this is not set in stone and there is no standard, however the majority of manufacturers will follow these gradations. Describing all distinct differences between each grade is a long post all in itself, but hopefully these grades will give you a good idea of what you want. The best way to go about choosing a brush is to decide on your budget, and buy the best brush your budget will allow. The higher quality the brush, the better it will lather and the longer it will last with good care. Thanks for the question and smooth shaving!
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